Top six for Buller in Macau
Northern Irish racer William Buller bounced back from a tough qualifying session to secure a fine top six finish in the end of season Macau Grand Prix.The MSA Team UK backed driver, originally from Scarva but now based in Northamptonshire, was contesting the F3 event for the second time with the Fortec Motorsport team and headed to the Chinese enclave aiming to end his season on a high.Having run well in a wet first practice session, Will set the ninth quickest time in Thursday's wet opening qualifying session, although he was out of luck in the drier, quicker Friday session when a combination of yellow flags and traffic left him down in 22nd on the timing sheets.Penalties elsewhere meant Will started the qualification race - which would determine the starting positions for the GP itself - from 20th on the grid, with his target being to stay out of trouble and make up as many places as possible.A solid drive saw him take the flag in 13th place, putting him on the seventh row of the grid for the Grand Prix.Avoiding a stalled car when the lights went out, Will then picked up damage to the nose of his car when the field was backed up by a spinning car at Lisboa.Despite the damage hindering his top speed on the high-speed sections of the circuit, Will fought his way to sixth place to lead the Fortec challenge and take second amongst the entrants from the British F3 International Series."I went into the weekend hoping to challenge for victory, or at least a place on the podium, so I wouldn't say I was happy with sixth," he said. "However, after the disaster we had in qualifying I'll take it, as overtaking here isn't easy. "We showed good pace all weekend but in qualifying, I struggled with the traffic and with yellow flags. I got a penalty for not slowing enough for them last year so I may have been a bit wary this time."For the qualifying race, I could hardly even see the lights, so to stay out of trouble and finish 13th was decent progress and then in the main race, there was chaos at the start. I avoided that, but when the field got backed up at Lisboa, I ended up with a hole in the nose which affected my top speed. Despite that I got up to sixth and I think I could have got higher if the race hadn't finished behind the Safety Car."All in all, sixth is okay from where we started and I think I showed how quick I was in both practice and the races. The Fortec boys did a great job and to have both cars inside the top ten is good for them.